|Hunebed D17 at Rolde|
Today it's all about hunebedden, 52 of which stand in Drenthe (two more in Groningen). They are the remains of 5000-year-old dolmens, or burial tombs. At the Hunebed Center, a museum dedicated to the ancient monuments, I learned that they were built at the dawn of the Neolithic era and first excavated in the 19th century. It is believed that the granite boulders used for these dolmens arrived with the glaciers from Scandinavia during the Ice Age.
(original date of this entry: June 12, 2015)
And this fact: "Drenthe was a remote and isolated region, with vast areas of uninhabited peat bogs, well into the 20th century."
I purchased a map that showed the location of all the dolmens in Drenthe. This makes for a fun treasure hunt: follow the bike path to the symbols on the map, and keep an eye out for the hunebed indicator signs (see above).The largest hunebed of all, dubbed D27, is behind the museum.
|Borger-Assen: map shows hunebed sites|
|'t Nije Hemelrijk|
Now I'll roll along through the Hondsrug and over to Rolde, just 3km from here. I begin alongside a road with sparse traffic, then the path veers alone into the forest. A delight. I guess I'm really off the grid now, here between Gasselte and Rolde. I've only seen the occasional cyclist. Yet it is perfect for riding.
|Cemetery at Rolde|